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Bodzin, Alec M.; Cirucci, Lori – Journal of Geography, 2009
This article describes a design partnership that investigated how to integrate Google Earth, remotely sensed satellite and aerial imagery, with other instructional resources to investigate ground cover and land use in diverse middle school classrooms. Data analysis from the implementation study revealed that students acquired skills for…
Descriptors: Educational Strategies, Land Use, Urban Areas, Data Analysis
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Liu, Suxia; Zhu, Xuan – Journal of Geography, 2008
Geographic information systems (GIS) are computer-based tools for geographic data analysis and spatial visualization. They have become one of the information and communications technologies for education at all levels. This article reviews the current status of GIS in schools, analyzes the requirements of a GIS-based learning environment from…
Descriptors: Geography Instruction, Constructivism (Learning), Visualization, Information Systems
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Koch, Tom; Denike, Ken – Journal of Geography, 2007
Teaching GIS is relatively simple, a matter of helping students develop familiarity with the software. Mapping as an aid to thinking is harder to instruct. This article presents a laboratory and lecture package developed to teach the utility of mapping in a course on spatial data analysis. Following a historical review of the use of surface…
Descriptors: Data Analysis, Geographic Distribution, Geography Instruction, Information Systems
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Mings, Robert C. – Journal of Geography, 1982
Using the U.S. Bureau of the Census's National Travel Survey as the primary data source, the exercises described will help high school or college level students develop basic geographic skills, including data interpretation, map construction, and spatial analysis. They will also familiarize students with broad patterns of recreation travel. (RM)
Descriptors: Cartography, Census Figures, Data Analysis, Geography Instruction
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Dahmann, Donald C. – Journal of Geography, 1996
Reintroduces and updates the geographic profile as a visualization technique for representing and analyzing the structure of geographical information. A computer software-generated profile focuses on specific information (persons per square mile in selected cities) and represents that information spatially on a graph. (MJP)
Descriptors: Computer Uses in Education, Data Analysis, Data Collection, Data Interpretation
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Walsh, Stephen J. – Journal of Geography, 1992
Suggests basic elements of spatial education appropriate to geographic information system (GIS) course curricula. Describes the need for integration of GIS education and GIS training. Discusses hardware/software configurations, approaches to the creation of laboratory facilities, and approaches, rationales, and technical considerations in the…
Descriptors: Cartography, Course Content, Courseware, Curriculum Development
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Ely, Dot – Journal of Geography, 2000
Presents a lesson plan in which students explore ideas about rural and urban areas by examining census data and advertisements from magazines. Discusses how the students collect and record the census data and calculate percentages, representing them on circle graphs. Includes an extension activity. (CMK)
Descriptors: Data Analysis, Data Collection, Demography, Geography Instruction
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Sharma, Martha – Journal of Geography, 2000
Presents a lesson for high school students in which they collect and analyze data using questions from the actual Census 2000 long form and then participate in a simulation of a local planning council meeting to consider the short- and long-term community needs. Includes the Census 2000 long form. (CMK)
Descriptors: Computer Uses in Education, Data Analysis, Data Collection, Demography
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Rivizzigno, Victoria L. – Journal of Geography, 1980
Emphasizes the importance of computer instruction and statistical methods and suggests ways in which instructors of geography on the college level can alleviate student fears. Tips include discussing geography as a science, explaining the relevance of the scientific method to a specific research problem in geography, and introducing problem…
Descriptors: Attitude Change, Computers, Data Analysis, Fear